TEAM MALAYSIA PERSEVERES TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN BRNO RACES A1 Team Malaysia persevered through one of the most challenging weekends of the team's A1GP Series career in the Czech Republic today. The Brno circuit hosted the second event in the...
TEAM MALAYSIA PERSEVERES TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN BRNO RACES
A1 Team Malaysia persevered through one of the most challenging weekends of the team's A1GP Series career in the Czech Republic today. The Brno circuit hosted the second event in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport calendar this weekend and A1 Team Malaysia had hoped to repeat the success of the first visit here last season, when driver Alex Yoong and his team scored two victories. However, a series of problems with mechanical failures, small mistakes and a dose of bad luck conspired to present the team with a reversal of fortunes and low grid slots for today's races. Undaunted, the team put their best efforts into the race performances, with Yoong finishing 17th in the Sprint race and 14th in the Feature race.
The numerous problems of the weekend impacted on Malaysia's opportunities to race to points finishes, with the 18th and 22nd place starts giving Yoong his toughest challenge yet in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In the Sprint race the rolling start was his first chance to make progress through the field and he used this to move up to 16th place by the end of the opening lap. With only ten laps of racing available, there was little time for any further progress and Yoong was only able to maintain position as the laps counted down. With three laps to go to the end of the race he was overtaken by Team USA, to finish in 17th position.
In the afternoon Feature race Yoong had to start from the back of the grid with a mountain to climb to reach a points-scoring finish. At the start he was immediately able to move up to 19th place. The Malaysian pit crew performed 2 clean and quick pitstops which helped to elevate the team into 14th place. On lap 27 A1 Team Malaysia recorded the fastest lap of the race at that point. Yoong remained in 14th place through the closing stages and crossed the line in this position.
He said at the conclusion of the race, "In the Sprint race we were still struggling with finding the setup for the circuit and the conditions, but we did make progress in the Feature race. We were able to make up some places over the course of the race, which, together with two good pitstops from the team enabled us to finish 14th. Of course, we're disappointed with this weekend's performance, but we have some time now to review every single technical aspect before we reach Sepang for the next round"
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia added, "It's been one of the toughest weekends of any A1GP season, but we are heartened by the progress that we finally made in the Feature race. To go from last on the grid to 14th is a creditable performance but we are fairly sure that something is not right that either we are doing wrong, or that there is something wrong with the car. To some degree the break between now and Sepang will help us get to the bottom of what the problems are. I have every confidence in the professionalism and talents of the team. We'll pull together, work through everything and come back as strong and determined as we can be, with all our efforts focused on bringing pride to the Malaysian nation."
The next stop on the ten event schedule of the A1GP Series is the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia from 23 -- 25 November where the 22 nations that compete in A1GP will showcase the close, exciting racing that epitomises this unique series.